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John Edward Cross graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a BS in Mathematics and a minor in STEM education and was a part of the first-ever cohort of the UABTeach program. While finishing his bachelor's, John spent his full junior year and half of his senior year as a Behavior Aide with Hoover City Schools. Once completing undergrad, John started his teaching career with Jefferson County Schools, where he taught 7th grade Math and Career Prep. During his time with Jefferson County Schools, John served as co-chair of the math department, where he assisted with the implementation of number fluency techniques within middle school content. John went on to write and win a grant from the Jefferson County Schools Education Foundation for a Number Talks Club, where middle school students had a chance to engage in a variety of number talks with the goal of increasing math fluency and achievement across the school.

After completing undergrad, John left to help open the I3 Academy, a public charter school in Birmingham, Alabama, where he served as the director of the Math Lab in its inaugural year. Here he was able to bridge the gaps in the mathematical skills of many students to help them reach proficiency. John was later named the Math Instructional Coach for I3 Academy’s elementary and middle school campuses. John helped with the creation of the RTI/MTSS framework for I3 Academy. John returned to UABTeach in 2021, but this time as a Master Teacher. John and his wife have been married for four years and have two children, Jaidyn and Kendall. He also serves as the Vice President of a nonprofit called RANSOM, which serves as a Christian wrap around organization for college students.


  • BS, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Mathematics
  • M.S., the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Instructional Design and Development
    M.S., the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Instructional Leadership